Today Is World Diabetes Day, And Why That Matters
Today’s blog post is dedicated to bringing awareness. Awareness to a disease that affects many humans these days, and one that affects me on a personal level. Today is World Diabetes Day, and here is why that matters. I am married to a Type-1 diabetic. This means my wife has a pancreas that does not create insulin to help regulate her body’s blood sugar levels. This is NOT something she can control, and if she does not give herself the correct amounts of insulin throughout her days, it could end up lethal.
Type-2 diaebtes is a more chronic disease that develops over time, usually in adulthood. An insulin resistance can occur then this happens. The body compensates for this ineffectiveness of its insulin by producing more, but it can’t always keep up and produce enough. Over time, the strain placed on the beta cells by this level of insulin production can destroy them, diminishing insulin production.
Differences in the two types of Diabetes:
|Type 1 Diabetes||Type 2 Diabetes|
|Often diagnosed in childhood||Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds|
|Not associated with excess body weight||Often associated with excess body weight|
|Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis||Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis|
|Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump||Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets|
|Cannot be controlled without taking insulin||Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication|
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
I love my wife with all of my heart, and I would not change a thing about her…except for her faulty pancreas. Type-1 diabetes is difficult both physically and emotionally. It can be draining on all parties involved from doctors appointments, to insulin prescriptions, to blood sugar checks, to pods and glucometers and supplies. It all adds up and it is all in the name of simply staying alive. A good amount of my friends and family are now affected by both types of diabetes.
Today is a day where we can make people aware of the movement led by the International Diabetes Foundation to help shed light on the realities of dealing with these chronic conditions. Scientists are approaching cures and answers to the problem from many different angles, but more funds and research are always needed with massive undertakings such as this. Go give a hug or help out a Diabetic in anyway you know how today!